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No stinking thinking and words here.
John McCormack, CRS
Great question, Michael Thornton
I have eliminated 'but' and use 'not' sparingly (apart from 'if' and 'try' replaced appropriately by 'when' and 'intend'.)
And yes, I do see a BIG difference!
I don't consider try negative. It's somewhat positive to me. Can't would be negative.
I like negative words.
John nailed this one!
I am eliminating the words: can't, won't and evidentially.
But, if and try are all fine is some usages and can be negative in other usages. I'm very aware when using them. "Negative" is a word I am careful about too.
One phrase I never use is "It will kill (me, us, the deal, etc.) ...". Words have power.
Cheap. I dont like the word cheap, instead I will correct people and insert Inexpensive (cheap refers to quality). I also dont like the word "problem", instead I use opporunity as really, all problems are opportunities. Good question.
Here are the words that annoy me most -
"obviously" - if obvious, then doesn't need to be said
"folks" - I am not your folks - mine are gone, enough of this....
"the notion that" - another ugh of a phrase....
" Ass" like "You Jack Ass" comes to mind often ... cant help i.
Can't and won't are the first ones that come to mind.
sounds like Yoda! I am eliminating those words - and then will look for more